Bakery helping mental health community expanding into DeWitt library

DeWitt (WSYR-TV) - Inside the new DeWitt Community Library along Jamesville Road, will also be Provisions Cafe -- an extension of Provisions Bakery in Armory Square.

In addition to selling sweets and baked goods, the bakery helps people with mental health issues learn the skills needed to land and hold a job.

It's part of a unique vocational program run by Access CNY, an organization helping everyone of all ages and abilities achieve independence.

"Skills can range from working in the kitchen making our delicious chocolate chip cookies, it could be waiting on staff in the restaurant or waiting on customers," explained Matt Suebert, Associate Executive Director of Development and Communications at Access CNY. "We also teach life skills; how do you get along with coworkers, how do you navigating public transportation."

The program has helped hundreds of people with a mental health issue successfully move onto permanent employment over the last three decades.

Now a second location, inside the DeWitt library, aims to empower more individuals around Central New York.

The new cafe will start out only training two people, compared to the bakery's two dozen, but the plan is to expand that number and also begin training people with developmental disabilities.

The library will open on August 21 followed by the bakery on August 26.

August 26 is also the official grand opening of the library.

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